As with people, dogs can get into trouble when they run with the wrong crowd, or should I say, the wrong pack. Tippy found this out a couple of weeks ago. We had gone for our walk in the neighbor’s field and she disappeared before we got back. She does this sometimes, but always comes back within 10 to 15 minutes. I figure she can’t get into too much trouble in that short period of time. However, on that day, the neighbor called to let me know that he had seen Tippy and the neighbor’s two Pit Bulls barking at his cows. Uh oh!
He was actually very nice about it and said he didn’t think they would do any harm, but he had three new calves and they were aggravating the mom’s to death. He asked me to keep Tippy up for a couple of weeks, until the calves are better able to take care of themselves. He also told me that he has had problems with those Pit Bulls for over two years. I have since learned that they run the horses that belong to their owner. That’s not good.
So, for over a week now, Tippy has either been inside, tied out, or on leash. She’s not happy. I feel bad for her and wish I could make her understand why she isn’t allowed to run free. If I could, I’m sure she would chose freedom over hanging out with the other dogs.
Yesterday, I’m convinced the Pit Bulls came by for a visit and she really wanted to go out to play. Here is what I saw and heard.
When that didn’t work, so she made one last ditch effort.
I did eventually take her out for a nice walk, but only after I was sure that the Pit Bulls had moved on. I have figured out a way to let her get some running in with little potential for “escape.” I drop the leash, throw a treat, which she will run to retrieve and devour, then run back to me and sit down to wait on the next treat to be thrown. This has the added bonus of working on her recall. Sure wish I had made that a priority when she was a puppy.
Just a few more days and I will let her have more freedom. Living on a farm, I hate to have to keep her restrained – especially since she’s used to being able to run free and she has so much energy. But, having grown up on a farm, I also understand that she can’t be allowed to aggravate the cows. For a long term solution, I am researching GPS dog collars that will allow me to keep track of her when she is out of my sight. Maybe that will keep us both from getting into trouble in the future.
Tippy and I wish you all a very happy and trouble free 2018!